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Google Web Accelerator?      
  10/31/2007 4:43:14 PM

Several months ago, I was baited to try the Google Web Accelerator.  Having no idea what it is and what it does, I took it at face value.  I assued it's suppose to accelerate my web experience.  After installing it, a new toolbar was added in my IE with a little clock-like icon.  Down in the tool tray, there is also one denoting a service running.  The only thing I paid attention was the number next to the icon in the browser.  Google likes to tell me that this application has been saving me time.  To do so, it tallies the amount of time saved, and displays it next to the icon in the browser.  1.8 hours saved.  It sounds great!

Little did I know...  Today, I did a speed test at www.speedtest.net.  I was shocked my download speed came back at 460kbps.  I ran about 10+ tests, and they all came in at those numbers.  To put the numbers in perspective, my internet service is provided by Time Warner Cable.  I even paid for the upgraded premium service, which peaks at 8Mbps.  My normal tests run at 7,800+kbps.  I will have the occational 7900+kbps.  Without hesitation, I called up the cable company thinking that they might have some outages or delays.

We went through almost 1 hour debugging, but could not figure out what it is that is causing this slow-down.  While on hold for the tier-3 customer service rep, I went through anything else that is still running on my computer.  Tier-2 already requested me to reset my IE 7, and disable virus protection, firewall, etc.  While searching, I came across Google Web Accelerator.  I decided, since I could not figure out what it was doing, and how it was helping me speed things up, that I would just uninstall it.

As soon as I did, I decided to run the test again.  BOOM!  Back to 7800+kbps.  What is Google really doing when they have a product with the name "web accelerator?"


2 comments are found.
  
BoogieMan
2/10/2008 11:03:08 AM

Thanks Carl for the comment.  Another words, it works like a personal proxy, as IE or FireFox would if caching is turned on.  I would be fine with that except the part that it limits the bandwidth down to <500kbps.  That's the part I am not happy with...  Maybe it would help someone using dialup.  Or maybe Google should think about not limiting the bandwidth.
Carl Diggs
2/1/2008 12:14:33 PM

I too have used web accelerator with little knowledge about how it accually worked until I did a little more research and came to realize the following. The web accelerator is not actually a powerboost for your internet experience as far as actually transmit speed is concerned. What it really does is store web site information from your computer's cache, which is where website information is stored, etc. Basically, instead of your computer having to search the web for a site that you intend to visit once typed in, it stores this info in your cache from a web site after you visit it once so that when you revisit a site it automatically brings it up faster because the gateway address, etc. is connected to directly without any search time having to be spent bringing it up, if that makes any sense? It's difficult to explain. Everytime you visit a new site you will not experience the faster connect time, only when you revisit a site your cpu has already found and stored info for.  When you do speed test from a site as you did, info is sent randomly from many different server sources which will not allow the accelerator to store any info as it does on a basic web site, it's just the way information is transmitted. Some sites will not even work properly with the web accelerator and never save you time when connecting to it.
Hope this helps!

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